This week The Pod’s Cookery Club will be making a delicious Carrot Cake. If you’d like to bake along at home here’s the recipe. Don’t forget to let us know how you get on!
• 155ml sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
• 230g self-raising flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
• ½ tsp mixed spice
• ½ tsp ground ginger
• 230g light brown muscovado sugar
• Finely grated zest of 1 satsuma or mandarin, plus strips to decorate
• 100g pecans, halved
• 260g carrots, coarsely grated
• 3 medium free-range eggs, beaten
For the icing:
50g butter, softened
• 200g full-fat cream cheese
• 150g icing sugar, plus extra to dust
• 2 tsp orange juice
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Grease an 18cm loose-bottomed round cake tin and line the base with baking paper. Sift the flour, baking powder and spices into a large bowl. Add the sugar, zest, pecans and grated carrots, stir until well combined. Stir in the beaten eggs and oil and mix well.
2. Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack, leave in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out and leave to cool completely before icing.
3. For the icing, beat the butter in a large bowl with a hand mixer until really soft. Add the cream cheese and beat again until well mixed. Sift over the icing sugar, add the orange juice and beat until smooth. Store, covered, in the fridge until needed.
4. To decorate, fill a piping bag fitted with a plain, small nozzle with icing, carefully pipe lines across the top of the cake. Give the cake a quarter of a turn and pipe more lines across. Dust with a little icing sugar and scatter some grated satsuma/mandarin zest on the top.